It's not surprising, but the Rams' 22-7 win over the Broncos has them in the mix for two of the NFL's weekly awards.
First and foremost, it's Tre Mason up for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award. His 29-carry, 113-yard performance was something many Rams fans (myself included) have been waiting for - a dedication to the running game to wear down the opponent and win the field position battle. It took us a while to get to it, but we saw the results. For his part, Mason made the most of the room the offensive line gave him time and time again.
In all honestly, Mason probably doesn't deserve this week's rookie ball. He's up against Tampa WR Mike Evans, Houston RB Alfred Blue, San Francisco LB Chris Borland and Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill who all had bigger days. So what. Go vote for Mason. We can at least acknowledge that while his individual performance perhaps wasn't as dominant as some of his peers, it was still a standout day.
In the other award...the NFL has me confused. Here's what they had to say for the GMC Never Say Never Moment for week 11:
The St. Louis Rams defense shut down one of the NFL's most explosive offenses...The Broncos hadn't scored fewer than 20 points this season and had scored 30 or more in five of the previous six games. The Rams intercepted Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice, and rookie defensive lineman Aaron Donald had a key fourth-quarter sack on a fourth-and-4 play from the Rams' 28-yard line.
So who's the pick for that historic defensive effort -- Aaron Donald? Alec Ogletree? Maybe a wildcard in James Laurinaitis or TJ McDonald?
In any case, St. Louis Rams defensive superstar Shaun Hill is up against Matt Ryan, who similarly didn't have an overwhelming impact on his Falcons' win, and Ben Roethlisberger who helped engineer a late comeback over the Titans.
Vote or die, I guess.